South China Morning Post: The small house policy, which was first enacted in 1972 as a temporary measure to address the housing needs of the indigenous villagers in the New Territories, has long been criticised as unsustainable and outdated – open to abuse, corruption, speculative development, environmental damage and is a form of discrimination against women.
South China Morning Post: Recent debates over the direction of the Urban Renewal Authority, sparked by the resignation of managing director Iris Tam Siu-ying in March, have raised valid points about the conflict between its social mission and the need to make a profit.
South China Morning Post: A report on roadside air quality on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island along the tramway was released by Civic Exchange and the Institute for the Environment at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
South China Morning Post: While it is important to factor in regional considerations when making policies, Hong Kong’s self-sufficiency is fundamental to its governance. Three recent examples show how more self-sufficiency will result in a more sustainable environment, both locally and regionally.
South China Morning Post: In his budget speech, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah proposed to extend a government incentive scheme to March 2018 that halves the port facilities and light dues charged on ocean-going vessels that switch to low-sulphur fuel while at berth in Hong Kong.
South China Morning Post: Over the years, many commentators have decried protest stunts in the Legislative Council, civil disobedience tactics and demonstrations as alarming signs of social decay – yet, when seen in their historical context, today’s confrontations are not unusual.
South China Morning Post: Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s policy address drew a swift reaction from six environmental groups, which criticised him for blaming the serious shortage of housing supply in Hong Kong on the zoning of large areas of land for non-development use, such as country parks.
South China Morning Post: When Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said last October that Hong Kong’s political system could not allow people earning below HK$14,000 a month to dominate the political process, he was not merely expressing a noxious personal opinion.
South China Morning Post: Hong Kong’s rich biodiversity should be treasured; protecting it should be a broad community endeavour.
South China Morning Post: Some members of the public plan to file a judicial review against the Environmental Department’s decision to grant an environmental permit to the Airport Authority to build a third runway. Such a court challenge has apparently become routine, reflecting public doubts about the credibility of the environmental impact assessment process.